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<i>Canadian Spacewalkers</i> shortlisted for Science in Society General Book Award

Canadian Spacewalkers shortlisted for Science in Society General Book Award

April 2015

Congratulations to Bob McDonald, whose book, Canadian Spacewalkers: Hadfield, MacLean and Williams Remember the Ultimate High Adventure, was shortlisted for the Canadian Science Writers' Association's Science in Society General Book Award. The winners will receive $1,000 and will be announced on April 23, 2015.

All spacewalkers are astronauts, but not all astronauts are spacewalkers. Astronauts leave earth’s atmosphere in a spaceship. Spacewalkers don pressure suits and step outside into the universe. In Canadian Spacewalkers, author Bob McDonald compiles the perspectives of the only three Canadian astronauts who have accomplished this feat —Chris Hadfield, Steve MacLean and Dave Williams. The astronauts tell tales of training underwater in the world’s largest swimming pool, recount how they learned to use power tools in zero gravity while wearing bulky gloves and describe the moment when they opened the hatch and stepped outside. McDonald, science journalist and simulator-spacewalker, also shares his own experiences with astronaut training: the almost-reality of simulators, the sensory deprivation of the spacesuit, and even a zero-g airplane ride where he experiences the wonder and giddiness of floating weightless.

Bob McDonald has been the host of CBC Radio’s Quirks and Quarks since 1992. He is a regular science commentator on CBC News Network and science correspondent for CBC TV’s The National. He has been honored with the 2001 Michael Smith Award for Science Promotion from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada; the 2002 Sandford Fleming Medal from The Royal Canadian Institute; and the 2005 McNeil Medal for the Public Awareness of Science from the Royal Society of Canada

Also shortlisted for the Science in Society General Book Award is The End of Memory by Jay Ingram, Pain and Prejudice: What Science can Learn about Work from the People Who Do It by Karen Messing, Is that a Fact? by Dr Joe Schwarcz and Bee Time by Mark L. Winston.

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